Inspirational People in Life {Born This Way}

Positive and inspiring people can change your whole outlook on life. If you choose to surround yourself around these type of people, I firmly believe your day will go better. Life can throw many curve balls, and we have two choices once those curve balls hit us. The individual can drown their sorrows or develop ways to turn a negative into a positive.

Our L cannot eat food at the moment due to her having eosinophilic esophagitis. She lives 100% on a prescription formula. This has greatly changed our family dynamics in how we would do family adventures. We could choose to just stay in the house or do the opposite and create family adventures that inspire L and bring her delight. Believe me, it can get hard but we choose to surround ourselves with inspirational people. Friends will text L and myself to uplift us, encourage us, and pray for us. It really makes the days so much better.

I have teamed up with A&E Network to write about someone that inspires me. This would be Nan from A Mom Blog. This beautiful friend has been with us every step of the way since L’s diagnosis. She has been a longtime family friend but on an even more inspiring part, her family lives many states away from us. Despite the distance, the entire family inspires and loves on us. Our daughters are online best friends who we would like to reunite but distance and money have unfortunately prevented a reunion. L and Princess have not seen each other in person since 2012 but that does not stop them from sending text and skype messages to each other to encourage and inspire one another. Princess does not care that L is different. She sees past L’s disease and loves on her continuously. Nan has raised a wonderful daughter. Nan will pop up on my google chat each morning, or I will pop up on her google chat. Each weekday, we have a virtual 3:00pm tea time together. Our daughters laugh at us, but tea time really brings us great cheer and smiles. It’s uplifting and it gives us time to inspire and encourage each other if we are having a bad day or just need that little extra push to go out of our comfort zone. Nan and Princess, on behalf of A&E Network, we are sending you a $25 Target gift card so you both can pick you out a special gift for always inspiring us! We are grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives.

L and I would like to encourage you to watch a new season of an inspiring television show, BORN THIS WAY! The new season starts on July 26, 2016 on the A&E Network and will leave you feeling inspired and heart full after each episode. BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society’s expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.

Below, please find a clip that shares the heart and depth of this show. In this clip you will meet Rachel, one of the cast members. Rachel, like the rest of the young adults featured in this series is an inspiration – facing the challenges and obstacles of life with courage, grace, determination and love.

The show will easily become your new favorite television show! Please tune in Tuesday at 10EST/9CT.

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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with A&E Network. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Avoid These Oops Moments!

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. You go to wash the dishes and realize you used the last drop of the dish detergent last night. You reach for the next roll of toilet paper under the sink and get that uncomfortable feeling because you do not feel anymore toilet paper rolls. Your child gets sick in the middle of the night, so you go to wash the sheets and realize there is no more laundry detergent. We have all had these moments right?

Life gets busy. I get it. The grocery store list continues to grow by the inch, but if you don’t actually make it to the grocery store for a few days, the list just stays on the fridge. It is evident that you run out of the household essentials. I have a solution for you. Put a monthly reminder on your smartphone to order your household products from Walmart.com. All you have to do is click your mouse, add to cart, and check-out. The products will show up at your house and you will never have to experience that moment of oops anymore.

Walmart Avoid the Oops

All of the above products are available at www.avoidtheoops.com. Don’t struggle with the toddler on your hip or trying to fit in a quick run to the store. Visit online, shop, add to cart, and await your shipment. It is that simple.

Doing this will ensure that you will not be stranded in the bathroom, or have stinky sick sheets left on the laundry room floor. It’s easy to forget to purchase these type of items. I chalk it up to mom brain. Never fear though if you set your monthly cellphone alarm. As soon as the alarm goes off, go straight to Walmart.com and place your order.

There are many things as a mom that will cause us to worry. This leads to the gray hairs multiplying on the top of our head. Online shopping is one task that can take away extra stress or worries about stocking up on must-have household essentials. The shipment will show up at your door and you can enjoy more fun family time.

AvoidTheOops.com can provide you shopping fun in the following categories:

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning
  • Baby
  • Bathroom

Happy shopping and enjoy living!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Family Reviews the 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

On our most recent road trip to Disney World, we had the pleasure of test driving our very first hybrid vehicle, 2016 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid. Toyota graciously partnered with us on this road trip. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Click on the below picture to get a small glimpse into our road trip.

2016 Toyota Rav 4 Review

This was a sweet ride. We are a family of four and had plenty of leg room for us all. The only downside was all of our luggage and souvenirs. Since we were gone a total of 8 days and had all the medical things needed for my youngest daughter, we did run out of room in the back. My husband knows how to organize, so he did get us back home with everything.

As you see in the video, the interior is very elegant. The brown and black leather really makes this vehicle feel very upscale without the exhorbiant price. My husband and I both enjoyed the dual zone automatic climate control. I freeze all the time, my husband always gets hot. The dual zone will eliminate any fighting over the temperature. The heated seats were great as well when we were on the road early morning. My husband did like the feel of the leather steering wheel. Again, this gave luxurious feeling without the hefty price.

When you are in a vehicle for a 10 hour road trip, radio sound is a big key to a positive road trip. We enjoyed the Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation during the trip. Our family did our own sing-along to the 70s and 80s music.

The gas mileage was amazing. We averaged 33 mpg the entire trip. The RAV4 Hybrid adds extra thrills with 194 net horsepower and outstanding acceleration.

Toyota Rav 4 Hybrid Battery

While my husband was driving, I would check out the apps available as you can see above. It was interesting to see when we were running on battery power. When we were running on battery power, there would be no motor noise. As you are driving, you can leave this screen on so the energy monitor can indicate the operation of the gas engine, electric motor and hybrid battery. It provides real-time information showing how power is being used, and even how the battery is being charged. My husband, the auto geek, loved seeing the real-time information.

This Rav4 is a 2.5L, 4-cylinder. Check out the full specs on the Toyota Hybrid website.

Toyota, you have done an amazing job! A vehicle for the future for sure coupled with great comfort.

Moms…. You are not alone!

This year has been hard. I’m not going to sugar coat it, but just be real. The many doctor visits to finally lead us to a diagnosis for L, the many road trips to the hospital, the many phone calls to get help for our daughter, and include the many hours of research to ensure we are doing the best medical route for L, has brought me to tears. My husband is a strong man and I am grateful he has been right by my side. Moms, when life throws many curve balls your way, please know, you are not alone!

Moms from all around the country have uplifted L and I, have prayed for us, given us support on which medical journey to take, and most of all just been there for us with encouraging words.

There have been many times that friends have asked how can they help? My main answer is I just want L to be able to eat again, be healthy! Take a minute and watch this video from Pfizer Healthcare. See if you can relate.

Time and time again, we put our children first because we just want to meet their every need. Our kids are blessings to us, just as we are blessings to them. Growing up, I always wanted to be a mother and now I am able to be mom to M and L. Sick just got real. ™. Even though bad days are evident, we can always rest assure that we are not on this motherhood journey alone.

This past week, we arrived home from the happiest place on Earth. Our L has had very few smiles over the last few months until we planted our feet on the grounds of Walt Disney World. The smiles were able to wipe the worries of our rare disease away for a few days. These days will be cherished forever.

M and L Disney World

We have partnered with Pfizer Healthcare to award one mom a $25 Visa Gift Card. Please leave a comment below on how you can use this card to pamper you and/or your family! Good luck! Giveaway ends on May 20, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Pfizer Healthcare. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Medical Grants Are Available for Children in North Carolina #UHCCF

As you know, my youngest daughter, L, is going through a health journey since being diagnosed with a rare disease called eosinophilic esophagitis.

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We are grateful for insurance since she has several appointments and medical procedures along with medicines and formula. However, sometimes insurance companies will not pay for specific needs. I am eager to let you know about the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. The foundation is seeking grant applications from North Carolina families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.UHCCF.org, and there is no application deadline.

Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 10,000 grants valued at more than $29 million to children and their families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.

In North Carolina, UHCCF awarded more than 325 grants since 2011 and is hoping many more local families apply this year.

“Many families across the United States are facing a variety of financial challenges, including child-related medical costs. The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation medical grants will help families access and pay for care that will improve their child’s health,” said UHCCF President Matt Peterson. “We recently awarded our 10,000th child medical grant and are seeking to help thousands of more families. We encourage everyone to spread the word to friends, family members and colleagues that child medical grants are available from the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation.”

For more information about UHCCF, visit www.UHCCF.org.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but a topic that is very dear to our hearts. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

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